$4.5m for by-election

THE Solomon Islands Electoral Commission (SIEC) has confirmed they have approved a budget of $4.5 million for the by-election in 2020. This was confirmed to this paper by Electoral Commissioner and Chief Electoral Officer Mose Saitala on Wednesday. “Yes, we have a budget for by-election 2020 approved by the National Parliament,” Saitala added. When asked…

PLANS TO REVIEW CASE

PSO plans on reviewing Vokia’s judgment By ASSUMPTA BUCHANAN The Public Solicitor’s Office (PSO) is planning to review the High Court election petition of Northeast Guadalcanal Member of Parliament (MP) Jamie Vokia. In a letter addressed to the Attorney General (AG) and Governor-General (GG), Public Solicitor Howard Lawry said they feel that the High Court…

Saudi envoy meets PM

PRIME Minister Manasseh Sogavare recently received a courtesy visit from the Ambassador of Saudi Arabia to the Solomon Islands His Excellency Mesaad Ibrahim Al-Sulaim at the Office of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. H.E Al-Sulaim used the opportunity to reaffirm Saudi Arabia’s commitment to assist the Solomon Islands in its development aspirations, a statement from…

Sofu survives petition 

ELECTION petition case against the Member of Parliament (MP) for East Kwaio Stanley Festus Sofu was dismissed by the High Court Chief Justice Albert Palmer, Monday. Chief Justice Palmer made his ruling in-front of a packed courtroom on Monday, much to the delight of the supporters of the Sofu. The election petition was filed on…